01.22.12

Turn on the Oven Light While Cooking (21/365)

Several months ago, I was curious about how much heat was lost when I opened up the oven to inspect a dish cooking in there.

Review: Savvy Saving

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book

01.21.12

Don’t Use the Stove when the Microwave Will Do (20/365)

Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat. For the specific task microwaves excel at, they’re much more efficient than stove tops

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #56

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well.

01.20.12

Air-Dry Your Clothes Instead of Using the Dryer (19/365)

On any given day, if you were to wander into our laundry room, you’d find damp clothing hung up, laid out, or somehow exposed to

Overcoming the Power of Branding

“Having preferences means having weaknesses.” – Magnus Carlsen, currently the number one rated chess player in the world Thanks to Adria Richards for the picture

01.19.12

Make Your Own Powdered Laundry Detergent (18/365)

I’m often stunned at the high price of laundry detergent. If you’re buying Tide, for example, even if you buy the jumbo pack in multiples,

Reader Mailbag: Back Pain Blues

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down

01.18.12

Clean Out Your Dryer Lint (17/365)

This seems like such a simple thing. Most of us do this as a matter of course whenever we dry a load of laundry in

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Warm Blanket Edition

During the day, when my kids are at school and my wife is out of the house at work, I turn the furnace off and

01.17.12

Use Cold Water for Most Clothes Washing (16/365)

It’s simple. If you use hot water at home to wash your clothes, heating the water is the single largest expense of running a load

Your Money and a Higher Power

Image courtesy Kevin Dooley. “Whenever a man makes haste, God too hastens with him.” – Aeschylus A few days ago, I had a long conversation

01.16.12

Shop Patiently (15/365)

When we were first considering a move into our current home, my wife and I made a list of things that we wanted to have

Reader Mailbag: Friendship

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down

01.15.12

Consider Last Year’s Models (14/365)

A few weeks ago, I found myself at a local department store looking at microwave ovens. While I was browsing the ovens on sale there,

Review: Brandwashed

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book

01.14.12

Look for the EnergyStar Logo (13/365)

When you’re trying to determine which product to buy, one valuable calculation to make is the total cost of ownership of the item. For example,

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #55

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well.

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